HBO's new streaming service HBO Max had trouble getting out of the gate. But now that Roku and Amazon Fire are on board, its future looks great. That's because, like Disney Plus, it has a huge library of content people love to watch. However, their audiences are different, with Disney Plus tending to be younger than the audience for such HBO classics as Deadwood and The Sopranos.
So, what's the difference? With HBO, you get, well, HBO. With HBO Max, you also get access to some movies and TV series from Warner Brothers; New Line; DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim; Looney Tunes Cartoons; CrunchyRole anime; and some classic movies from TCM. You'll also be able to watch some new HBO Max exclusive shows.
In particular, as we slowly start going back to movie theaters, Warner Brothers is releasing its new movies both in theaters and on HBO Max. If you're not comfortable going out yet or just prefer watching movies at home, HBO Max is worth the money. These movies, such as Wonder Woman 1984, In the Heights, Matrix Resurrections and The Batman, for no additional fee. You can watch these on up to three devices at once.
If you're already subscribed to HBO via your cable or satellite provider, you get HBO Max for free. Otherwise, HBO Max will run you $14.99 a month. That's not cheap, but you do get a lot to watch for your money.
HBO Max is releasing a cheaper, ad-supported tier. This version will cost $9.99 monthly. But, it doesn't come with all the $14.99 edition's bells and whistles. For example, it doesn't support 4K video, you can only stream one movie or show at a time, and you won't get free access to the new Warner Brothers movies.
Is the ad version worth it? Well, if you're really tight on money, it may be. However, I recommend you pay the full freight. Just going out with your partner to see Sandra Bullock's soon-to-be-released The Lost City alone at a high-end theater will cost as much as the money you'd save from not subscribing to the $15 a month HBO Max.
- Great collection of recent movies.,
- Exceptional original content.
- First release Warner Brothers movies included.
- It's on the expensive side.